Now mind you, I never induced these experiences (my church would disagree) but I felt "pulled" into the astral world and I would call on God to pull me back out because of my fear. Now that I know what it is, I can't wait to let go and travel! One of the experiences that I remember well was sudden but real!
Although at first I didn't realize how far I had gotten into the astral world before I panicked but; I was at the stage where I was lifted out of my body except for my head (a 45 degree angle at this point). It was like a movie that went to slow motion. I was slowly surrounded by a restaurant which seemed to be underground and there was a slanted window at the top corner, which the bottoms of my feet were angled towards.
As I (my spirit) seemed to rise a little more, an 18-wheeler was coming into the window and it was like the energy (from my legs) was holding the truck back from coming down on my friend and I, and that is when I panicked because it was such a lucid "dream". As I was trying to awaken myself, finally, in what seemed like high-speed rewind, I slammed back into my body and I actually felt the impact on my bed.
When I was fully awake, I sat up and tried to figured out what in the world this was and "why does this keep happening to me"? It would just come over me randomly, so of course I thought I was going to die or something "worse".
And now, I found out that people are striving to reach this level of spirituality and I have been fighting it for the past 20 years? Now, I have to admit, I am a little upset. All this time, I have had an ability to do this, and my fear and church kept me from experiencing this?
One more quick experience (because it is not long enough for its own article), powerful enough to keep me on track. I was almost asleep and I heard a loud, clear, yet powerfully comforting voice say, "My Beloved Son..." It brought me right out of my sleeping state and I was sitting straight up in my bed. I was not afraid this time, only alarmed and I laid back down and cried myself back to sleep (I was overwhelmed with emotions) because I knew it was God professing His eternal love for me. "I am His beloved!" (My pastor did confirm the possibility.)
What I have experienced was real and I cannot wait for a chance to experience this again. Although fear has kept me at bay, I have always felt something beyond this world is going on and I have had a desire to be a part of it since I was old enough to understand it all.